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  1. Barcelona attack a 'huge shock' says holidaymaker
  2. 2Tone taxi appeal
  3. Cathedral appoints artist in residence
  4. Air museum celebrates half century
  5. Indian restaurant fined after 'food safety breaches'
  6. Updates on Friday 18 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Simon Glover

All times stated are UK

Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J16 for A3400 and J15 for A46.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 southbound between J16, A3400 (Henley In Arden) and J15, A46 (Longbridge Island), because of a vehicle tyre change.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A46 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A46 Warwickshire northbound severe accident, between A452 Leamington Road and A45 Stonebridge Highway.

A46 Warwickshire - A46 blocked and stationary traffic northbound between the A452 Leamington Road junction in Kenilworth and Festival Island in Coventry, because of an accident involving a car and a lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Ian Bell

England batsman Ian Bell steps down as captain of Warwickshire in all formats of the game.

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Newport celebrate their winning goal

Newport County stun Coventry City to secure their first win of the season thanks to a Reece Cole strike.

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Warwickshire's new signing from Somerset Adam Hose

Warwickshire sign Adam Hose on a three-year deal from Somerset as part of the 'rebuilding process' at Edgbaston.

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Holly Matthews, Ross Blair and their daughters

Holly Matthews, who appeared in Waterloo Road, raised funds for The Myton Hospices by launching an online appeal.

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Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, at J8 for M6.

M42 Warwickshire - M42 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J8 M6, because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Woman, 90, on sixth degree 'addicted' to studying
Joy Gibson, from Stratford-upon-Avon, re-entered academia at the age of 59.
Lewis Gregory

Leicestershire beat Notts by two runs, while Somerset climb from seventh to fourth to reach the T20 Blast quarter-finals.

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Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J3A for M6 Toll and J3 for A444.

M6 Warwickshire - Very slow traffic on M6 southbound between J3a M6 Toll and J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Our live coverage across the day

Live updates for Herefordshire and Worcestershire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more live news, sport, travel and weather.

Warwickshire council flying flag at half for Spanish terror victims

Warwick District Council has taken to Twitter to announce it's flying its flag at half-mast in tribute to those in Spain who were caught up in two terror attacks carried out in quick succession.

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Thirteen people were killed and dozens injured after a van drove into pedestrians in Barcelona.

One person has died and six others wounded when a car was driven into them in Cambrils just hours later.

Weather: Showers tomorrow and more on Sunday

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

We'll have a few showers tomorrow and more on Sunday, but the weather is expected to improve next week.

Rebecca Wood has your forecast

Football: Sky Blues defender 'can't complain' ahead of league clash

Coventry City's Rod McDonald says he "can't complain' about the squad's League Two success so far this season.

Rod McDonald
Coventry City Defender

The 25-year-old, who was one of twelve new additions to the team this summer, has been speaking ahead of the Sky Blues' game against Newport County at the Ricoh tomorrow afternoon.

City sit at the summit of the league table following two straight victories.

You pride yourself on a cleansheet and the lads in the forward areas are scoring goals, so I can't complain."

Rod McDonaldCoventry City Defender

Expert says a fridge is the key to cutting out car theft

Sarah Bishop

BBC Midlands Today

A Coventry-based security expert claims car theft can be prevented by storing the vehicle's keys in a fridge to block hacking technology.

Madeline Cheah

Madeline Cheah, from Coventry University, has been responding to news that an experienced car thief can steal a high performance car in six seconds using digital equipment.

A man from Solihull had his Land Rover taken from his driveway on Monday.

Tips for a special parkrun weekend

It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

This Saturday, 19 August, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

It's all part of campaign for National Lottery-funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

And, if you've never heard of of done a parkrun, it's really easy to get involved.

Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps.... #GetInspired

Katherine Grainger's 5 steps to Parkrun

Cathedral appoints artist-in-residence' for 2018

Coventry Cathedral has announced it's chosen its artist-in-residence for 2018.

James Webb
Advent Communications

James Webb, a renowned visual artist based in Cape Town, will be working on pieces commissioned as part of the Diocese of Coventry's celebration of its centenary.

The artist is renowned for his use of audio and text as part of his work.

From its important cultural history to its work with peace and reconciliation, to have Coventry Cathedral and its context to work with is a rich and challenging prospect."

James WebbVisual Artist

Scam victims to be compensated

People who fell victim to a multi-million pound advertising scam, masterminded by a Warwickshire businessman, are to be awarded compensation.

Jonathan Rivers

Jonathan Rivers, 55, from Coleshill was jailed in October last year for heading up Wyvern Media group, based in Derby, which pressured firms into buying worthless advertising space.

Nine directors have now been ordered to pay more than £160,000 in compensation to their 45 victims as part of £1.6m confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The remaining money will be paid to the government, the courts and Trading Standards for further criminal investigations.

Masala Lounge, Rugby

The Masala Lounge Indian restaurant, in Rugby, was fined for a string of poor hygiene practices.

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Coventry headteacher died after suffering massive allergic reaction to antibiotics

Coventry Telegraph

A Coventry headteacher died after suffering a massive allergic reaction to antibiotics prescribed by his GP, an inquest heard.

Your questions on London Midland losing its rail franchise answered

BBC News England

Rail services in the West Midlands are to be run by a new operator from December - but what does this mean for passengers?

West Midlands Railway
West Midlands Rail

West Midlands Trains Ltd says it will put £1bn into improving the routes it takes over from London Midland.

The plans include 400 new carriages, free wifi and space for an extra 85,000 passengers on rush-hour services in Birmingham and London.

BBC News website readers sent in questions about the takeover and you can read some of the answers here.

Actress speaks out about husbands death

Trish Adudu

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry actress Holly Matthews has spoken to BBC Coventry & Warwickshire for the first time since the death of her husband.

Holly Matthews and Ross Blair
Holly Matthews

Ross Blair - who's the son of former Sky Blues player Andy Blair - died almost three weeks ago from a brain tumour.

His family have been raising money for charities like Myton Hospice where Ross was looked after during his illness.

The thing that gives me massive strength in everything is knowing that Ross himself was OK with everything...he was very positive about life.

Holly MatthewsWife of Ross Blair

Help create Coventry's 2Tone taxi

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire needs your help to decorate a taxi to celebrate the city and the people in it.

Coventry's 2Tone Taxi. Find out how about the project and how to get involved.

KES scoops best A-level results in county

Stratford Observer

The best A-level results in the county went to King Edward VI School.

Leamington 'could' host bowls in 2022 Commonwealth Games

Victoria Park in Leamington has been revealed as the Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls venue for Birmingham's 2022 Commonwealth Games bid.

Victoria Park
Warwick District Council

The venue, which stages the annual National Bowls Championship, can hold over 3000 spectators.

Hosting the Commonwealth Games bowls fixtures at the home of Lawn Bowls in England would be an incredible experience."

Tony AllcockChief executive, Bowls England

Council flag flying at half for Spanish terror victims

Coventry City Council has posted a picture of a Spanish flag flying at half-mast in tribute to those caught up in two terror attacks carried out within hours of each other.

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Thirteen people were killed and dozens injured after a van drove into pedestrians in Barcelona.

One person has died and six others wounded when a car was driven into them in Cambrils just hours later.

Campaigners urge for rethink on proposed cuts to Warwickshire children’s centres

Leamington Courier

Campaigners are urging councillors to rethink their proposed cuts to children’s centres after handing over a 1,800-signature petition to Warwickshire County Council.

Football: Sky Blues boss expecting 'tough' game

Coventry City manager, Mark Robins, says he's expecting a difficult game against Newport County on Saturday.

Mark Robins
Getty Images

The Sky Blues currently sit at the top of the League Two table but the Exiles visit the Ricoh Arena on a two-game unbeaten run.

I'm expecting a really tough game, very similar to what we've faced so far. Firstly there will be a physical threat, but they've also got some decent players who will want to come and perform well at the Ricoh.

Mark RobinsCoventry City Manager

Indian restaurant fined for food safety breaches

An Indian restaurant in Rugby has been served a £7,300 legal bill after pleading guilty to a string of food safety offences.

Masala Lounge

The Masala Lounge was prosecuted by Rugby Borough Council after a routine inspection uncovered a number of hygiene breaches.

Environmental health officers visited the restaurant in March and found chest freezers with mouldy door seals, a dirty fridge and a waiter blowing on a plate of poppadoms which he said were "too hot" to serve to a customer.

Rail delays between Birmingham and Coventry

London Midland is warning rail passengers to expect delays on services running between Tile Hill and Birmingham New Street due to trespassers on the line.

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Fire service pays tribute to Spain terror victims

West Midlands Fire has taken to Twitter to express their sympathy for the people of Spain in two terror attacks carried out in quick succession.

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Thirteen people were killed and dozens injured after a van drove into pedestrians in Barcelona.

Police later shot dead five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils following a second vehicle attack.

Disabled Coventry man says he is victim of hate crime - because his wheelie-bin is left unemptied

Coventry Telegraph

A disabled Coventry man claims he is the victim of hate crime - because bin men regularly fail to empty his wheelie-bins.

Holidaymakers 'defiant' over Spain terror attacks

Vic Minett

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

People preparing to holiday in Spain have told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire they won't change their plans despite two terror attacks within hours of each other.

Spain terror attack

Thirteen people were killed and dozens injured after a van drove into pedestrians in Barcelona.

Police later shot dead five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils following a second vehicle attack.

I was planning on going to Barcelona but couldn't get the flights so I'm off to Madrid in 10 days. I will still go because you can't let them win."

Rajfrom Rugby

Rugby: Wasps secure first pre-season win

Wasps Rugby Club started their pre-season preparations with a win over Ulster in Belfast.

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The side scored four tries in the 26-15 victory.

They return to the Ricoh next Wednesday to face Connacht.

Officers express 'appreciation' for thank you card

Police in Warwickshire have taken to Twitter to express their gratitude for a hand-made thank you card sent to the force for their assistance following a road traffic collision.

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Barcelona attack was a 'huge shock'

A Coventry woman, who's on holiday in Barcelona, says last night's attack in the city was a "huge shock".

Spain attack map

Thirteen people were killed and dozens injured after a van drove into pedestrians in Barcelona before a second vehicle attack in the nearby town of Cambrils.

Janet Powell says she had walked along the same route the van took the day before.

It was a huge shock to see this hitting the news yesterday because it's such an amazing, buzzing, busy part of Barcelona... absolutely rammed with tourists whatever the time of day."

Janet Powell

Football: Sky Blues prepare for 'historic' game

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

A little bit of history will be made at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday when Coventry City face Newport County in League Two.

Ricoh Arena
Getty Images

It'll be the first time the Sky Blues have played the Welsh side since they reformed in 1989.

Coventry top the league table with six points, going into the game.